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Olivia N. Robinson

National Coordinator

Grenada and Grenadines


Olivia Nekira Robinson is the National Coordinator of the CYEN- Grenada chapter. She has been with CYEN- Grenada chapter since 2006 where she served as assistant secretary, PRO on the fund raising committee. Some of her hobbies include cooking, socializing, singing and traveling. 

 

Olivia believes that Global pollution combined with population growth is leading to widespread malnutrition and making billions of people more susceptible to a range of infectious diseases--from measles and influenza to malaria. She firmly believes that promoting youth participating in environmental awareness and activities will help save our planet from the 6 million children who suffer annually to the 57 percent of the world’s people who are affected.



 

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Asha J. Jones

National Coordinator

Barbados



Asha Jannelle Jones is a19 year old student of the University of the West Indies Cavehill Campus, pursuing a Bachelors degree in Economics and Mathematics with Earth Science. With a firm interest in the environment, its protection and its sustainability, she is focused on creating awareness about environmentally- related issues through with action programmes such as those facilitated by the Caribbean Youth Environment Network. She has recently become appointed as the National Coordinator of CYEN: Barbados Chapter is set on building on the work previously done and improving and expanding the Barbadian Chapter.

 

Asha was also a member of Project Discovery; a community service learning program which focuses on creating a framework for students to experience and understand new and exciting non-conventional fields of study in Barbados such as Alternative Energy. From this program she has maintained this interest in Alternative Energy and plans to pursue studies in this field at a Masters level. She plans to use this knowledge to make Barbadians aware and of the endless applications of this abundance source and the positive effect it could have on our island.

 

Having only recently been appointed National Coordinator of CYEN, Asha is optimistic about the impact she can have on the level of interest of youth toward the environment by helping them to understand the difference they can make by taking action on environmentally related issues.

 

Contact Information:

 

E-mail: barbados@cyen.com

 



 

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Lenette Lewis

National Coordinator

British Virgin Islands



Ms. Lenette M Lewis is a British Citizen born in the British Virgin Islands on 5th August. Lenette is English speaking and was educated at the British Virgin Islands High School. She holds an Associate Degree in Science from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and has attained a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2007. Lenette has been Marine Science Camp instructor and is also a UN Youth Spokesperson for the Millennium Development Goals.

 

Her hobbies include reading, stamp collecting and photography. Lenette says that having lived on a small island has really made her appreciate the environment and the role it plays toward us having a sustainable future. In order for us to protect the environment and in turn future generations, we the youth have to accept the challenge and take action. CYEN plays a very important role in this, as it connects the youth on a regional level and this provides a bigger vehicle through which to promote change.

 

Contact information:

 

Address: P O Box 97 Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I. VG1110

Tel: 284-495-4838 (BVI) ; 910-616-0753 (US)

E-mail: Lenette_LewisAThotmail.com; brighteyez1986ATyahoo.com

           lenettelewisATgmail.com




 

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Angela St.Denis

National Advisor

St. Lucia



Ms. St. Denis is a native of Guyana and has been residing in St. Lucia for the past 12 years. After moving to St. Lucia she attended the Bocage Secondary School and became involved in various extra curricular activities. One of the major activities was the Junior Achievement Programme which involved running an in school company of which she was the President. At the national awards ceremony in 1999, she won the most coveted individual award of Junior Achiever of the Year for St. Lucia. Additionally, the company she headed won the Company of the Year Award and Highest Return on Investment Award. In 2000 she graduated from Bocage as the Valedictorian and Student of the Year.

 

Ms. St. Denis attended the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and holds an Associated Degree in Business Management. At the 2003 College Awards ceremony she received the award for Most Outstanding Student for the Management Programme. Ms. St. Denis also holds a Certificate in Youth Work from the Commonwealth Youth Programme.

 

Prior to her selection as National Coordinator, she served CYEN St.Lucia in the capacity of Secretary and Treasury. Ms. St. Denis was also the Global Environment Outlook in the Caribbean National Coordinator for St.Lucia and a member of the Editorial Committee.

 

She is an avid sports fan with a preference for cricket, lawn tennis and volleyball.

 

At present she is employed as an Administrative Assistant for Hippolyte Equipment Services one of St. Lucia’s leading construction companies.

 

Her life time goal is to be a highly successful entrepreneur in the conventional and unconventional business sectors.



 

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Candace Key

Focal Point

Abaco, Bahamas


Ms. Candace M. Key is a Bahamian but was born in the United States of America on August 3rd and currently resides on Abaco in the Bahamas. Candace attended high school in Florida and went onto undertake her university education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She has been the Principal\Teacher at the Hope Town Primary School for 30 years and is the recipient of numerous environmental awards through her work that she has done with students on Abaco and throughout the Bahamas. These include, to name a few -

 

  • National Coastal Awareness Competitions (winner Primary Division for Bahamas in 2007)

  • Abaco Earth Day Competitions (frequently in the top three winners over the past fifteen years)

  • UNESCO Sandwatch World Competition (placed second Worldwide in 2006)

  • Green Apple Award for Environmental Stewardship (Presented at the House of Parliament in London, England, November 2006

  • Friends of the Environment – Abaco (Bronze plaque awarded during 2006 in recognition for years of service in teaching Environmental Education

 

She enrolled her students and got involved in CYEN so as to network with youth and adults throughout the Caribbean and share concerns and solutions on environmental matters. She believes, “We depend on them for our very existence! Our food, jobs, and our day to day lives are dependent on the ocean, reefs, seafood, tourism, beaches, warmth of the sun and wonderful climate. If we do not teach the next generation how to protect what little we have left; how will they ever learn?”  Candace maintains that through organizations such as CYEN and UNESCO we have the mechanisms to empower the next generation.

 

Hope Town School

Hope Town

Abaco, Bahamas

Phone:  242-366-0176(school)

            242-366-0059(home)

            242-475-0185(cell-only when off island)



 


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Tamoy L. Singh

National Coordinator

Jamaica



Tamoy Singh is a Jamaican by birth and nationality and she currently works with the Jamaica Environment Trust, an environmental non-profit in Kingston. Since 2000 she has participated in and led environmental youth projects both locally and overseas. She enjoys travelling, working with youth and volunteering.

 

Tamoy believes that the CYEN is important as it is a medium through which she can share her knowledge as well as network with individuals from the Caribbean Community on environmental issues. She believes that the environment is the system upon which our life-support is dependent on. Without a healthy environment life would be nonexistent and helping to preserve it is important to her.

 

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 5774, Liguanea P.O., Kingston 6, Jamaica.

Tel: 876-484-7132

E-mail: cyen.jamaicaATgmail.com




 

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Aldrin Calixte

National Coordinator

Haiti



Mr. Aldrin Calixte is a Hatian national born in Haiti. Aldrin was born on the 11th September and is fluent in French, French Creole and very capable with English and even more so with Spanish (puede entender porque compartimos la isla Kiskeya con la Republica Dominicana). He was schooled from primary school through to University in Haiti.  Aldrin is an engineer-agronomist by training but has worked for the past twelve years in the field of environment and natural resources management. As a hobby he likes to tell jokes in Creole.

 

Aldrin says that as part of the Caribbean region he think it's important for us to be part of a network to discuss of the issues of the region and to meet others from the Caribbean region in solidarity and to work together to protect Caribbean region. CYEN is important, it gives us opportunities. Regarding the environment it is very important because it is a base of life, without the natural ressources we can't have life. For example "no water, no life" that's the reason it's important to work together to protect the environment particularly in the Caribbean. "Working together for the future generation"




 

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Yoland London

National Coordinator

St. Vincent and the Grenadines



Ms. Yoland London is a national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and was born in her home country on the 8th March.  Yoland was schooled in St. Vincent and in her last job was employed in the Environmental Health Section of the Ministry of Health in St. Vincent. She enjoys working with young people and loves to socialize.   In 2001 Yoland was awarded by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hotel and Tourism Association for best performance during a three-week customer service workshop.  

 

Yoland sees the CYEN as a very important network and believes that it has the power in its hands to contribute towards positive environmental changes in the Caribbean. She feel that CYEN offers the opportunity to reach many citizens and to reassure them that there is still hope and that there are persons around the Caribbean that still care about the environment. The environment is important because it determines our life span and in part, our quality of life.

 

Contact information:

 

Carapan, Stubbs Post Office

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tel: 264 582 2393.

E-mail: vincygirl_22AThotmail.com



 

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Cesáreo R. Guillermo.

National Coordinator

Dominican Republic



Mr. Guillermo has over 10 years of experience dealing with Civil Society groups & designing and implementing both, economic and social projects.  He has a Masters Degree on Public Management and a Specialty on Project Management.  He also has a post-grade on NGO strengthening and a BS on Systems Engineer (focused on systems and processes management). He is also a Specialist in International Relations with a Focus on the Caribbean and has had political experience. 

 

He’s been involved (even as a team head) in several strategic planning processes for different organizations, including:  the DR Red Cross, the Caribbean Youth Environmental Network (CYEN), the InterAmerican Committee of the Red Cross (CORI), the LatinAmerican Chapter of the International Network of NGOs against Desertification (RIOD-LAC), and has work at both, the local and the national levels in the Dominican Republic in a wide range of sectors: NGO strengthening and capacity building; conflict mitigation; disaster preparedness, mitigation and response; agricultural & small producers initiatives (coffee growers, beekeepers, ranchers, fishermen associations, …);  etc. 

 

At the moment (representing PADF-DR) he is part of the Board of Directors for CYEN (Barbados) and is the National Focal Point for the Civil Society in the Inter-institutional Technical Group (GTI) for the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the GEO for Youth initiative.



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Bevon O. Currie

National Coordinator

Republic of Guyana


Born on the 3 of February, Bevon Oslyn Currie is a youth advocate, youth leader, social commentator and community activist from Guyana. His outstanding leadership earned his a place as a youth representative for Guyana and the Caribbean to several regional and International youth forums. He co-chaired the Guyana Delegation to the 16th World Youth Festival, Led the Guyana youth Delegation to the 5th Summit of the Americas and the Caribbean Delegation to the 15th Conference of Parties (COP 15). He served at the highest leadership levels of several youth organisations and NGOs in Guyana and the Caribbean.

 

Mr. Currie was appointed National Coordinator of CYEN Guyana in 2009 after serving several years as a member of the organisation.  Mr. Currie is a graduate from the University of Guyana. He is a Project Management Consultant and Micro Enterprise Development specialist. He is currently the Program Manager at the Guyana Volunteer Consultancy Inc and a part time lecturer in Mathematics and Small Business Development. He is a Training Facilitator for the Organisation of American States YABT programme. He is also a serving member of the Board of Trustees of the Guyana NGO Forum.

 

Mr. Currie developed a passion for environmental and sustainable development issues as a University student in the early 1990s. Since then he have initiated, coordinated and participates in several environmental projects at the local level.

 

He is an avid reader, keen sports man who participated competitively in basketball at a National Level, an outstanding debater who loves nature, traveling, meeting people and conducting research. He is an ardent believer and advocate for human development through capacity building.





Lincie K. Dore

National Coordinator

St. Christopher and Nevis


Lyncia Dore is a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis and has been a member of CYEN since 2007. An administrative assistant of the St.Kitts-Nevis Bureau of Standards Department, she is also currently enrolled as a part time student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies Open Campus St. Kitts-Nevis

 

Lyncia has a track record of working with civil society organisations being actively involved with the Red Cross Society and the St. Christopher Heritage Society. At present she works as a Financial Officer in the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis. Lyncia believes, "CYEN is very important in the Caribbean as well as the world; it makes people aware of the environmental challenges that the Caribbean region faces."  and that "The organisation has caused me to change my behaviour with respect to emerging climate change issues."

 

Lyncia has been an active leader in CYEN from the time she joined, taking part in several activities regionally including the 2007 and 2009 Exchanges as well as Congress in Grenada in 2008.

 

Contact information:

 

lkdoreATgmail.com 

 




Handy Acosta Cuellar

National Coordinator

Republic of Cuba

Handy Acosta Cuellar was born in Havana City, Cuba. He is a member of the National Board of the NGO ProNATURALEZA, the biggest environmentalist organization in his country. Within his NGO, he is the Coordinator of the Children Youth Environmental Network and promotes youth participation in environmental activities all over the country.

 

He has organized and participated in several national and international workshops and conferences and negotiations. These include the UNEP Regional Civil Society Consultation Meetings in Mexico and Argentina, the 2008 TUNZA Children Conference in Norway and the Global Youth Retreat in Nairobi, Kenya. Recently he participated in the Global Environmental Ministerial Forum from 16 to 20 February 2009. Currently he is the National Coordinator of the CYEN in Cuba and the Focal Point of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean branch.